2018–19: Coming to New York — Immigrant Voices

New York has long been home to wave after wave of immigrants who bring their distinctive cultures: customs, styles, stories, and, of course, music. These ingredients, and much more, have inspired immigrant composers writing for the orchestra. In what ways do their compositions reflect their connections to their birthplace, and new home, too? We’ll explore and celebrate these connections, with music from composers with wide-ranging cultural backgrounds, including new works by students from our Very Young Composers program. And we’ll explore how differences can make us stronger as a community….just like in the orchestra, where a diverse group of musicians all work together to create a unified, inspiring, and thrilling sound!

With curriculum for advance preparation, a stimulating and interactive performance format, live cameras giving everyone an up-close view of the action on a big screen, and the thrilling sound of one of the world’s great orchestras, Young People’s Concerts for Schools consistently receive top ratings from teachers for education value.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor / host
Jihea Hong-Park, New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist, co-host
Paloma Dineli Chesky, vocalist (May 9 10:30am and 12:00pm only)
Habib Azar, director

BARTÓK Selections from Concerto for Orchestra
HUANG Ruo Girl from the Da Ban City, from Folk Songs for Orchestra
Roberto SIERRA Tumbao, from Sinfonia No. 3, La salsa
Kareem ROUSTOM Enough I Intended To Leave You, from Aleppo Songs for Orchestra
Very Young Composer Ziyi TAO Being (World Premiere) (May 8)
Very Young Composer Paloma DINELI CHESKY Rising (World Premiere) (May 9 10:30am and 12:00pm)
Very Young Composer Mack SCOCCA-HO Ociantrose (World Premiere) (May 9 10:30am and 12:00pm)
Very Young Composer Ilaria Loisa HAWLEY This Element That Questions a Woman (World Premiere) (May 10)
Very Young Composer Cashel DAY LEWIS Frayhayt (World Premiere) (May 8 and May 10)
Gabriela Lena FRANK Hero Brothers and Arbol de Sueños, from Peregrinos

$10 per student

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Elementary Schools

Middle and High Schools

Elementary School Concerts (grades 3–6)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:30–11:30 AM — SOLD OUT
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00–1:00 PM
Friday, May 10, 2019 11:00 AM–12:00 PM — SOLD OUT
Teachers' Workshop Fri, March 8, 2019 4:00–6:00 PM

Middle and High School Concerts (grades 6–12)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:30–11:30 AM
Teachers' Workshop Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:00–6:00 PM

More Ways To Engage

Young People's Concerts Play!
Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts in your classroom or home. Welcome to a library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with a host of interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience. Learn more

Open Rehearsals
Attend a real Philharmonic rehearsal! From September to June — on 26 week-day mornings — you and your school group have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic at work. Learn more.

Student Rush
Students can purchase $18.00 rush tickets for select concerts up to 10 days before the concert.
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Lead support for Young People’s Concerts for Schools is provided by the Mary and James G. Wallach Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Additional major support is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman, The Brodsky Family Foundation, and The Carson Family Charitable Trust.

This program is also supported, in part, by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Sculco, the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Mary P. Oenslager Student Concert Endowment Fund.

New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist positions are funded by The Susan W. Rose Fund for Teaching Artists.